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The incredible story of the dog Stubby during the war

The incredible story of the dog Stubby during the war
  • The incredible story of the dog Stubby during the war
  • The incredible story of the dog Stubby during the war

Stubby was found on the campus of Yale University in 1917 by John Robert

Conroy. Its name in English means "squat" or "Stumpy". His pedigree is unknown; some sources say he was perhaps in part Boston terrier, while his obituary described him as a Bull Terrier (then synonymous with American Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bull (Stubby marched with Conroy and even learned a little approximate hello.

When Conroy's unit was sent to France after the entry of the United States in the World War I, Stubby went secretly on board the USS Minnesota.

Military service

Stubby served eighteen months in the 102nd Infantry Regiment of 26th Division Infantry (Yankee), in the trenches of northern France, participating in four offensives and seventeen battles. He entered in combat Feb. 5, 1918 at Chemin des Dames, north of Soissons (in the Pargny-Filain and Chavignon) and was constantly under the shelling, day and night for over a month.

In the following March, the 26th division was sent in the Saint-Mihiel area. This is where April 20, 1918, during a raid to recover Seicheprey (Meurthe-et-Moselle), he was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating germans grenades. It was sent back to the trenches, where he could cure while improving morale of those around him.

Once recovered, he returned to the trenches. After surviving a gas attack, Stubby learned to warn his unit of impending gas attacks. He found wounded soldiers in no man's land, and prevented the soldiers from the arrival of shells because he could hear them coming.

He is solely responsible for the capture of a german spy in the Argonne, which earned him promotion to sergeant by the commander of the 102nd Infantry Division, becoming the first Army United States dog-ranking. After the capture of Chateau-Thierry by the Americans, women of City confectionnèrent him a little coat suede on which were attached its numerous medals.

A legend says that he saved the life of a young girl in Paris who was going to be crushed by a car. At the end of the war, Conroy entering refit clandestinely Stubby in the ship that would take them home.


Once back in the U.S., Stubby became a celebrity and participated (most often in first row) in many parades throughout the country. He met Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Warren G. Harding. He went to Georgetown University with Conroy and became the mascot of a football team, the Hoyas of Georgetown.

He was given the ball during the halftime, and he amused himself by playing with, the general delight of spectators.
He died in Conroy's arms in 1926. His body is naturalized in Smithsonian Institution, in the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War.


Stubby became a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross and the YMCA.
In 1921 the Humane Education Society gave him a gold medal for his service, presented by General John Pershing.

Three service stripes
Yankee Division YD Patch
French medal for the Battle of Verdun
1st Annual American Legion Convention Medal
New Haven WW1 Veterans Medal
Commemorative Medal of 1914-1918
St Mihiel Campaign Medal
Wound stripe, replaced by the Purple Heart in 1932
Medal of the Battle of Chateau-Thierry
6th Annual American Legion Convention
Humane Education Society Gold Medal
A brick of the Walk of Honor (Path of Honor) is dedicated to him on November 11
2006 American monument to the First World War, the Liberty Memorial Kansas

Article from Bruno Ricard's blog, Brigitte Bardot Over Blog


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